Road to Safety: How the IoT is Driving Transportation Down a Safer Path

Wherever you live, and whatever you do for a living, you’re almost constantly connecting with the world of transportation, which is one of the reasons so many of us are fascinated by Internet of Things (IoT) innovations in this diverse field. From driving your kids to school to buying groceries to receiving your monthly shipment of vitamin D from your online pharmacy, you’re interfacing with a complex and robust transportation infrastructure. We’ve written a lot about automobiles in this blog, with more than a dozen posts about autonomous driving and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Intel® In-Vehicle Solutions, IVI, and other automotive-focused transportation topics in the Internet of Things world. Now, we’re expanding the conversation to commercial vehicles.

Internet of Things technology solutions can have a direct, positive impact on safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility in the commercial vehicle arena. That’s why Intel is committed to applying intelligence in this sector, from vehicles that move people and freight or support specialized activities (e.g., emergency vehicles) to infrastructure services that monitor and support vehicles, and beyond. Intel IoT solutions are perfectly positioned to provide the connectivity, security, interoperability, analytics, and monetization capabilities that enable intelligent transportation.

Two new IoT Solution Blueprints focus on the unique aspects of intelligent transportation. In one, we explore how Kontron, a global leader in embedded computer technology, uses intelligent gateways based on Intel® technology to provide municipal transportation infrastructures with seamless and secure communication between legacy systems and the cloud, leading to improved efficiency, security, and customer experience. In the other, we take a close look at connected commercial vehicle solutions developed by Intel and TransWiseway, a telematics solution and service provider in China.

Improving Transportation Safety, Efficiency, and the Customer Experience with the Internet of Things

Information in the right hands at the right time opens the door to all sorts of possibilities. In the case of buses, for example, real-time passenger count data allows fleet operators to better optimize timetables to ensure sufficient numbers of buses are scheduled on heavily-travelled routes. Analytics software can provide scheduling suggestions based on passenger patterns correlated to the time of day, holidays, local events, weather, etc. Vehicle diagnostic information helps operations crews perform preventive maintenance, sIntel Kontron Blueprint fo IoTuch as making a preemptive repair (e.g., replace brake pads, worn tires) to avoid a breakdown or an expensive major repair. Plus, up-to-date timetables on information displays give passengers en route a higher level of customer service.

But standing in the way of shared transportation information, much of the existing infrastructure is made up of many decades-old systems, and getting them all connected to an IP network could take considerable effort. Helping overcome this issue, IoT-based solutions from Kontron and Intel are designed to make it easier for legacy and new systems to communicate with each other so municipalities can take advantage of the power of data-driven transportation.

Intelligent transportation based on IoT technologies can ultimately help municipalities achieve their major objectives, including:

  • Improved Safety: Intelligent transportation systems use video surveillance to protect customers’ physical well-being and monitor driver performance; proactive maintenance keeps public transport vehicles running well; and informed navigation enables drivers to avoid routes with dangerous situations (e.g., chemical spill).
  • Higher Efficiency: Maintenance issues can be addressed more promptly and before costly breakdowns occur by enabling drivers and operations personnel to see exactly what is happening on a heavy commercial vehicle, based on data from its hundreds of sensors.
  • Enhanced Customer Experience: With wireless connectivity and infotainment solutions, customers on the move can access travel information, like updated timetables, smart parking, points of interest, street maps, etc., to make their journey as smooth as possible.
  • New Revenue Streams: Incremental revenue can be generated by offering new services on trains, such as on-demand video for passengers or ad space for advertisers.

Read the complete Solution Blueprint to learn about usage models and Kontron’s comprehensive line of TRACe* operational computers that make intelligent transportation deployment possible. The TRACe family is based on Kontron’s COM Express* Computer-on-Module (COM) that features the quad core Intel® Atom™ processor E3845. Read this Solution Blueprint »


Building an Intelligent Transportation System with the Internet of Things

When commercial vehicles are outfitted with the latest information technology, the possibilities around vehicle dynamics monitoring, intelligent navigation, fleet management, and value-added services are nearly endless. These capabilities and more are enabled by a connected commercial vehicle solution Blueprint: Building an Intelligent Transportation System with the Internet of Thingsdeveloped by Intel and TransWiseway. The solution incorporates technologies from the Internet of Things that can connect nearly anything with an electronics subsystem to the existing Internet infrastructure.

In this case, commercial vehicle terminals securely connect to a cloud-based platform running big data analytics. Intel® architecture computing platforms products are used to build an end-to-end solution that enhances the user experience, improves reliability and security, and helps reduce operational costs.

Revolutionizing the transportation industry in the IoT era, connected commercial vehicles deliver many benefits, including:

  • Greater Efficiency: Reduce fuel consumption through fuel-saving advice based on driving distance, road conditions, and driving patterns; or eliminate costly delays with alerts when roads are congested, blocked, under construction, or have width and height restrictions.
  • Improved Safety: Maintain driver and vehicle safety with remote vehicle diagnostics that make it easier for service centers to respond to driver drowsiness, vehicle theft, accidents, natural disasters, and requests for towing, repair, gasoline supply, and tire changes.
  • Higher Reliability: Avoid downtime and expensive unplanned repairs with a vehicle performance tracking system that sends notifications of imminent maintenance issues.
  • More Conveniences: Enable drivers to access information on weather conditions, scenic spots, gasoline stations, rest stops, hotel rates, restaurants, parking lots, etc.

Read the complete Solution Blueprint to learn about usage models, the array of technologies used to develop the connected commercial solution, and more. Read this Solution Blueprint »


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About David McKinney

Social Media Manager, Internet of Things (IoT) Group INTEL CORPORATION David is a 16 year veteran at Intel and currently the Social Media Manager for Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IoTG). Prior to his current position, David led the content creation enthusiast notebook marketing efforts where he defined product strategies to solve content creation workflow problems and establish Intel leadership in the Digital Content Creation (DCC) segment. David has held business development manager and marketing leadership positions in multiple Intel business groups, including the Intel field sales organization. Outside of work, David enjoys a number of hobbies ranging from hiking to volunteer work at the Oregon Humane Society along with the discovery of new technologies related to music creation and photography. You can follow David on Twitter: @dmckinney and continue the conversation on Twitter by following @IntelIoT and friend us on

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